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The Velvet Vampire (1971)

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Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when ... See full summary »

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Stephanie Rothman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Blodgett ... Lee Ritter
Sherry E. DeBoer ... Susan Ritter (as Sherry Miles)
Celeste Yarnall ... Diane LeFanu
Gene Shane Gene Shane ... Carl Stoker
Jerry Daniels Jerry Daniels ... Juan
Sandy Ward ... Amos
Paul Prokop Paul Prokop ... Cliff
Chris Woodley Chris Woodley ... Cliff's girl
Robert Tessier ... Biker (as Bob Tessier)
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Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when the couple, unaware at first that Diane is in reality a centuries-old vampire, realize that they are both objects of the pale temptress' seductions. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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They desired her body... She craved their blood. See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1980 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Through the Looking Glass See more »

Filming Locations:

Joshua Tree, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The nude scenes were shot on extremely closed sets. See more »


Soundtracks

Evil Hearted Woman
Written by Johnny Shines (as Johny Shines)
Performed by Johnny Shines (as Johny Shines)
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Gets a few things right
5 September 2016 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting a lot when I sat down to watch this Roger Corman vampire production, but to a degree I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. Director Stephanie Rothman managed to take a low budget and limited resources and made some very memorable moments. There is some real atmosphere here - the desert landscapes are striking, and the horror sequences have (ahem) some bite to them. And the expected scenes of nudity and sex do have a little eroticism to them. Rothman is also helped by some striking cinematography and an excellent musical score.

Unfortunately, the movie does have a lead weight attached to it that prevents it from becoming a B movie classic, and that is the script. Even though the movie only runs about eighty minutes in length, the story is padded out to a ridiculous length. What story there is could have been told in half the time. It's hard to believe that it took three screenwriters (including Rothman) to write this extremely thin story.

Because of this unsatisfying script, the movie just manages to escape being labelled a cult classic. While I don't regret watching it, in the end the movie is only for a select (and patient) audience.


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